Interesting developments for the upcoming 2015 season at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway include an awesome new altered & major event for the NitroRatz Juniors….

Fans of Castrol Raceway’s popular Top Eliminator will be in for a treat this year courtesy of Matt Allison (Westlock AB).


Allison, who originally raced a drag bike back in the mid 1970’s at Edmonton’s Speedway Park has rekindled a family affair team that includes his kids Jody, Broody and Rhiannon who are all previously involved in the track’s Junior Drag Racing program.  

Matt himself recently made his first shakedown runs with an outrageous and turbocharged 23-T.  

This altered runs on a McKinney chassis powered by 351 cubic inch double overhead cam fed by twin 76 mm turbo. The motor program is a Ford GT40 aluminum block with a set of Ford performance heads.   

“Our plan is to focus running the entire Top Eliminator event program at Castrol Raceway,” Allison confirmed.  “We’ve made only three passes so far – the first was a soft launch with no boost – and the car went 160 mph.  Our expectation is to run in the high sixes at over 200 mph once we get the car sorted out.”

The great looking machine feature an awesome paint job done by “Killer Paint” who are students of the legendary Chip Foose.

altered pits

NitroRatz Peanut Butter & Jam Nationals Returns


Castrol Raceway will also host for the 5th consecutive season the largest gathering of Junior Dragsters in all of Canada.

The 2-day weekend event (which is July 4-5th) will feature BIG Cash prizes and lots of trophies.

“Our main event on Saturday will feature 3 classes plus a consolation race,” said event co-organizer Jayson Thomas. “Then on Sunday four classes and fun races will be included.  In 2014 the Peanut Butter & Jam Nationals had 67 cars entered and we expect to exceed that this year.”

NHRA & IHRA licenses are accepted and their will be Goodie Bags for all participants.  In addition a NitroRatz BIG WHEEL COMPETITION has been added for the little ones not quite old enough to race the Jr’s.


Posted with files from Don Meleshko and Bruce Biegler

Photos by Don Meleshko ( and Bruce Biegler